Northwest Kidney Centers Invests in the Future of Dialysis
NKC will provide a $15 million grant over the next 5 years to support the University of Washington’s Center for Dialysis Innovation to transform dialysis. The aim is to develop low-cost, energy and water-efficient therapies, including wearable dialysis.
Innovative “FireFly” PD Catheter Connection May Reduce Peritonitis
PuraCath uses low-cost technology—a unique UV light based connection system—to reduce bacterial and fungal contamination during PD exchanges, without the need for chemical disinfectants.
Fistula Vessel Sleeve Aims to Optimize Blood Flow and Reduce Surgery
Laminate has designed a device for aimed to help arteriovenous fistulas last longer: the VasQ sleeve is an external support device. It fits over the vein and anastomosis and helps lower the tension in the artery, for optimal blood flow during dialysis.
Copycat Device Mimics Kidney Function
A new device uses human cells to replicate kidney function, so it can better predict the body's response to drugs than animals or static cell cultures.
Change, It is a’Coming
The Vanderbilt/UCSF implantable artificial kidney, a far different model than the wearable kidney, is making progress toward human trials, even as soon as late 2017/early 2018. Developed by Dr. William Fissel and bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, the project has a $5M NIH grant and uses a biohybrid approach that better mimics healthy kidney function.
If You Build it They Will Come
Accuron Technologies has invested 11.2 million to commercialize AWAK’s sorbent platform, which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of dialysis while making it smaller and more portable.
Dialysis with Living Cells
Dialysis removes some water and wastes, but can’t do other functions of healthy kidneys, like making hormones, that require living cells. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have a way to grow, preserve, and store living kidney cells for use in a dialysis system. See the new bioartificial renal epithelial cell system (BRECS) here!
Button, Button, Who’s Got the Buttonhole?
Advent Access in Singapore has developed the titanium av–Guardian implant to guide needle placement so more people will be able to self-cannulate.
The WAK Prototype is Looking Different
Check out this article and video about a another clinical trial of the "wearable" kidney taking place in San Antonio, TX to see the new look.
Bluegrass Vascular Technologies has a new vein access device, approved in Europe, that can regain access to obstructed veins.